Ferrari’s new model wave will get edgier styling and smaller, more powerful engines


Ferrari California T

What is Ferrari cooking up for its next generation of sports cars? According to a report from Automobile, the Italian automaker is planning much more aggressive styling and a range of smaller-displacement, more potent engines. Fear not, though, the V12 will live on … for now.

Ferrari is working on an all-new modular vehicle architecture to serve as the foundation for many future models. The new, adaptable platform will cut costs and aid in production efficiencies. The chassis will be all-aluminum, and designed for front and mid-engined models, including electric components.

The first vehicle to adopt the new architecture will be the next-generation California, due in 2017. Along with new bones, the redesigned California will be the first to showcase Ferrari’s new design language. Edgier and lower bodywork will cover the higher performance body. Engine options should include a new, entry-level 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and the present 3.9-liter turbocharged V8.

Also in the hopper is a reborn Ferrari Dino that will borrow the California’s entry-level V6 or will use a new F1-style 120-degree layout V6 to cut down on vibration and lower the car’s center of gravity. Ferrari estimates the new engine to deliver around 600 horsepower before any electric power assistance is implemented (likely on “Speciale” editions). Unlike the original Dino, the new one — that might go by the 486 moniker — will be muscular and aggressive and should start at around $200,000.

Ferrari’s next generation FF is set to borrow the twin-turbocharged V8 from the new 488 GTB, retuned to deliver around 700 hp. In the looks department, Ferrari is promising a “revolutionary” makeover, potentially including full-length fullwing doors, a shorter nose, longer roof, and longer rear end.

And finally, fans of Ferrari’s V12 can breathe a sigh of relief, for now, because the Italian sports car manufacturer has disclosed that there’s still strong demand for its iconic engine, especially in a front-engined model like the F12 Berlinetta. That means that while the next-generation F12’s styling will most certainly change, its heart will still beat with 12 pulses.